The Rearranged Work Week: Evaluations of Different Work Schedules

by Thomas Mahoney



The article discusses the findings of a study of employee preferences for work schedules, which support the preposition that employees view with favor changes from the traditional five-forty work schedule to flexible-time and four-forty work schedules. Persons working the four-forty schedule in the study express an overwhelming preference for that schedule. However, change to a non-traditional work schedule would be viewed as a benefit by persons. The relative benefit associated with different work schedules varies among individuals. Both flex-time and the four-forty schedule offer improved leisure relative to the five-forty schedule. Adoption of one of the nontraditional work schedules should generally be viewed as beneficial by affected employees, but the amount of benefit received depends upon the particular leisure orientation of employees.

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